Artist Statement

My fascination with burlap has evolved over time as an important vehicle for my expression. Burlap, also known as hessian, holds many meanings, associations, and memories for me.

It’s strong and durable, utilitarian, characteristics I can associate with my upbringing in a blue collar family. The physical characteristics of burlap provide endless methods and means for manipulation. The broad range of weave, color, weight and patterns are as diverse as the many parts of the world where the material is made. Burlap is woven from organic fibres and reflect the colours of nature. It is commonly found in the daily lives of farmers and others who work the land, and who live a life of physical labor.

I’m interested in the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity and challenge. I believe that no matter how torn or unraveled life becomes, there are ways to patch the pieces back together to become whole. Burlap’s inherent qualities and associations, inform my understanding and expression of the duality of life and the human condition.

I would like the viewer to consider that in spite of our diversity as human beings, we all share moments of struggle and suffering. It is through these challenges that one  can see the beauty of the seemingly torn and imperfect. It provides us an opportunity to patch and repair, and to realize that we are stronger than we may know.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2020-Present Critical Discussion, Abstract Art with Cheryl Taves and Bill Porteus
2019 Color & Design Workshop with Mark Eanes, LaRomita School of Art, Umbria Italy
2019 Art2Life Creative Visionary Program
2015 Art2Life Creative Visionary Program
2000 Continuing Education – School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1999 Certificate, Accelerated Multimedia Training, Truman College, Chicago
1982 BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibitions

2021 Women’s Woven Voices Project, Carlsbad, California
2021 Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
2021 Group show, Front of Bicycle, Basel, Switzerland
2021 Connections Art 55, International online exhibition
2020  Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino
2020 Advancing Women Artists, Florence Italy, Garzoni Challenge Online Exhibition
2019 Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
2019 Group show, Front of Bicycle, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Group show, Front of Bicycle, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Galerie 21, One person show, Altkirch, France
2018 Artbox Project, Virtual show, New York, New York, USA
2017 Group show, Front of Bicycle, Basel, Switzerland
2017 Salon des 40, Group show, St. Louis, France
2017 Tom Robinson Gallery, Two person show, Chicago, IL, USA
2008 Jackson Junge Gallery, Group show, Chicago, IL, USA
2007 Tom Robinson Gallery, Group show, Chicago, IL, USA
2006 Inside Art, Three women show, Chicago, IL
2004 Annual Celebrity Chair Auction, Chicago, IL, USA
1982 Traveling Fellowship Competition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA

Publications

2018 DNA, Journal D’Alsace
1972 Chicago Tribune Style Section
1989 Chicago Times Magazine
1990, 1991, 1992 Women’s Wear Daily
1989 Made in Illinois

Artist Residencies

2020 (February – June) Residenza d’Arte il Palmerino, Florence, Italy
2017 Blueberry View Artist Retreat, Benton Harbor, Michigan
1992 Lakeside Art Center, Lakeside Michigan
1990 Art Park, Lewiston NY
1987 Art Park, Lewiston NY

EXHIBITIONS

Front Porch Gallery
“Woven Women’s Voices Project”
Carlsbad CA
November, 2021

Salon d’Automne
Paris, France
October 2021

Front of Bicycle / Gallerie Katapult
Basel Switzerland
September, 2021

Connections Art 55
International online exhibition
March, 2021

Salon d’Automne
Paris, France
October 2020

Advancing Women Artists,
Florence, Italy
Spring 2020

Residenza d’Arte il Palmerino,
Florence, Italy
May 2020

Salon d’Automne
Paris, France
October 2019

Front of Bicycle / Braswell Art Center
Basel Switzerland
Juried Group Show
April 2019

Front of Bicycle / Braswell Art Center
Basel Switzerland
Juried Group Show
April 2018

Galerie 21
Altkirch, France
Solo Show
March 2018

Front of Bicycle / Braswell Art Center
Basel Switzerland
Juried Group Show
November 2017

Salon des 40
St. Louis, Alsace, France
Juried Group Show
November 2017

Tom Robinson Gallery
Chicago, Il
2 Person Show
September 2017

Jackson Junge Gallery
Elemental Flux
Group Show
Fall 2011

H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art
Ethereal Fauna: The Artists Muse
Carthage College -Kenosha Wisconsin
Group Show
May 2011

 

EDUCATION
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Creative Visionary Program

ART RESIDENCY

Residenza d’Arte il Palmerino
Blueberry View Artist Residency

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